Broadview Honors ‘Gem Of A Gentleman’, Retiring Custodian James Henderson

Friday, August 9, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews  || Updated: 8/11/19

Featured image: The Broadview Board of Trustees with retiring custodian James H. Henderson, pictured center, during a meeting on Aug. 5. | Screenshot

During a regular meeting on Aug. 5, the Broadview Board of Trustees honored veteran custodian James H. Henderson, who is retiring after 24 years on the job.

After reading a proclamation filed in his honor, Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson, along with several board members, praised Henderson, who also works as a crossing guard in the village.

“Every time I come into the village, Mr. Henderson is always here smiling and I appreciate the fact that people care about making sure the village chamber looks good, our lobbies look good, our bathrooms are always up to par and clean,” said Trustee Judy Miller.

Trustee Sherman Jones, who served as mayor for eight years during Henderson’s tenure, described the longtime custodian as “a true gem of a gentleman,” one of those people “who shows up whenever you call him” — no questions asked.

“I’ve only known him for a short period of time, but he has such a bubbly spirit,” said Trustee Andrea Senior. “Very welcoming, very spiritual, very funny. You have to love him for it.”

Trustee John Tierney, a former Broadview fire chief who has known Henderson for 24 years, said that he’ll miss “that smile and those words of wisdom.”

Trustee Verina Horne echoed Tierney, adding that “every time I saw you, I thought, ‘Wow, he’s a wise individual.'”

In tears, Thompson recalled Henderson as a welcoming and steady presence from the moment she stepped into her office as mayor two years ago.

“From the first day I walked into my office, he was right there,” she said. “Just open arms, so friendly, a true servant for the people of God. He’s so passionate about what he does. He dots every ‘i’ and crosses every ‘t’ … His temperament is very mild. He doesn’t let things upset him. He’d always say, ‘Just leave it up to the good Lord.'”

Thompson said that, although Henderson is retiring, he’ll still serve as a crossing guard in the village.

“You are always going to be part of the village of Broadview family,” Thompson said. “For ever and ever and ever.” VFP

Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly misspelled Trustee Andrea Senior’s first name. This post has since been updated. VFP regrets the error.

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